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The federal and provincial governments are providing financial support help businesses manage at this time. The AHLA encourages you to talk to your lender(s) about how COVID-19 is impacting your business, and keep them informed about your financial situation.

We will update this list as more information comes available. This information is intended for informational purposes only. Businesses should consult their accountant, financial advisor, or government authorities before applying or making decisions about how they should use this information.

David Lund, the Hotel Financial Coach, has some tips about how hotels can manage during a financial crisis.

Federal Resources

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)

  • Mortgage interest support to property owners until June 2021.
  • CERS is not just for rent- it includes support for additional fixed costs including insurance, property tax, school tax and other municipal taxes.
Apply Now: CERS Program

Small & Medium-Sized Enterprise (SME) Loan & Guarantee Program

  • Additional support and access to credit through your financial institution
Learn more: BDC

Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)

Provides more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Learn more: BDC
Learn more: EDB

Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)

  • Implemented by eligible financial institutions in cooperation with Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • Interest-free loans for small businesses and not-for-profits to help cover their operating costs while revenues are temporarily reduced because of COVID-19.
  • Small businesses and not-for-profits should contact their financial institution to apply
Learn more: Government of Canada website

Regional Relief Recovery Fund (RRRF)

  • Will mitigate the financial pressure faced by businesses, including hoteliers.
  • May provide some relief to hoteliers who have had difficulty in accessing existing liquidity options.
  • RRRF funding in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan will be provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD).
  • Businesses that have received support from other Government of Canada relief funding measures but require additional funding to mitigate liquidity pressures may still apply.
Apply Now: Government of Canada website

Canada Small Business Financing Program

  • Makes it easier for small businesses to get loans from financial institutions by sharing the risk with lender.
Learn more: Government of Canada brochure

Provincial Resources

Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Relaunch Grant

  • To be eligible for the Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant, a property must:
    • have fewer than 500 employees,
    • been ordered to close or curtail operations in April or May 2020 as a result of COVID-19, and
    • have experienced a revenue reduction of at least 30% in April or May 2020 as a result of COVID-19.
  • Businesses that meet the program’s eligibility criteria will be able to apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue up to:
    • a maximum of $5,000 in funding for their first payment, PLUS
    • a maximum of $15,000 for their second payment.

Eligibility for First Payment:

  • For the first payment, applicants will need to show the revenue drop for April or May 2020 during the application process. See page 11 of the government’s SME Relaunch Grant guide for more information.

Eligibility for Second Payment:

  • The second payment is not based on a specific revenue drop.
  • The information provided during the first application is used to calculate the benefit amount for the second payment (3 times the initial payment).
  • The hotel must be operating in a region affected by the public health orders in effect from November 6, 2020, including any rescinded health orders, and must have been required to curtail operations by those public health orders. The health orders that came into effect on December 8 and December 13 apply to the entire province.

Applicants who did not apply for the first payment can apply for both payments at the same time.

Learn more: SME Grants

Deferral & Abatement of Tourism Levy Payments for Hotels

Learn more: Tourism Levy Abatement
Learn more: Tourism Levy Deferral
Learn more: Government of Alberta Tourism Levy

Deferral of Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Premium Payments

  • WBC has deferred 2020 WCB premium payments for all private sector employers until 2021
  • When invoicing resumes in 2021, small- and medium-sized employers (those with $10 million or less in insurable earnings) will only be required to pay 50% of their 2020 premiums. The other 50% will be paid by the Government of Alberta.
  • By deferring premium payments, all private sector employers will benefit from having increased financial liquidity; roughly $350 million in premiums will be waived to support 183,000 small- and medium-sized employers during these difficult economic times
Learn more: WCB Fact Sheet

Utility Payment Deferral

Learn more: Government of Alberta website

Additional Resources

Alberta Tax Relief Updates

  • Altus Group is monitoring Alberta tax relief programs, including municipal property taxes, and posts information on their website as it is released.
Alberta Tax Relief Updates

Mortgage Deferrals

  • Many banking institutions in Canada have made a commitment to work with personal & business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible solutions to help them manage through COVID.
  • We encourage you to talk to your lender to make arrangements, and keep them informed about your financial situation:
BMO 1-877-788-1923
CIBC 1-877-454-9030
RBC 1-800-769-2511
Scotiabank 1-833-315-4357
TD 1-888-730-0075
National Bank of Canada 1-844-394-4494
ATB 1-800-332-8383

Additional Liquidity & Credit Resources

Resources for Canadian Businesses (Government of Canada)

Hospitality Financial Leadership- What to Do in a Financial Crisis (David Lund, The Hotel Financial Coach)

FAQs for Reporting Financial Metrics (Smith Travel Research, PDF download)

Property Closures

In the unfortunate event that you decide to close your property, the AHLA has prepared a Sample Property Closure Checklist (Word doc file download) to assist you.

Please contact us at WeHelpHotels@ahla.ca or 780.436.6112 (toll-free 1.888.436.6112) if you have other questions or need additional support.